Current weather forecasts show temperatures upwards of 90 degrees. As residents prepare for outdoor activities, the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department encourages people to stay safe and avoid heat related illness as the summer season quickly approaches.
Heat related illness occurs when the body is unable to compensate and properly cool itself. The body normally cools itself by sweating, but under some conditions, sweating is not sufficient. When this occurs, the temperature of the body rises rapidly and heat related illness may develop. This includes heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Here are some tips to help you stay safe and still enjoy some fun in the sun:
Although the elderly and very young children are at greatest risk of suffering a heat related illness, anyone can be affected. Residents should call 911 if they are becoming ill from heat exposure. View more heat safety tips.
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